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A Little Relaxation Goes a Long Way

There is so much written and we’ve read about the effects of stress on the body and the mind. We know that what we are feeling/thinking affects the body and what we do in our bodies effects us mentally and … Read more

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It’s Easy to Disconnect!

Earlier in the month, in a class I was observing, the teacher, Gulnaaz, said to a student who was going the wrong way in a pose, “It is easy to disconnect.” She was saying to this student, your mind is … Read more

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Weekend, Classes, and Highlights in Pune

Last weekend, like the one before, was fun and full of yoga, and then getting out into the streets. Sunita’s Saturday morning class was preparation and the practice of Sirsasana (Head Stand) and Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) with variations. She prepared … Read more

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Are You Here to Develop Your Muscle or Your Brain?

“Are you here to develop your muscles, or are you here to develop your mind?” Prashant Iyengar opened his class Tuesday with this question. Each trip to study at the Iyengar Institute is different. And more so when Mr. Iyengar … Read more

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A Weekend in Pune

The Friday night weekend for a yoga student at the Institute started on Friday night with a pranayama class with Prashant Iyengar at 6 pm to 7:30. There was more talking than doing and the gathering of students sat quietly … Read more

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India 2020 Photos

Enjoy photos from Lou’s trip to India!

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In My Ivory Tower

Ivory Tower is a metaphorical place or an atmosphere where people are happily cut off from the rest of the world in favor of their own pursuits, usually mental or esoteric ones. I am staying in a room on the … Read more

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Instant Indian Karma

There is lots to be said for travel and how it brings new perspectives. Anytime I change my usual routine I am in a new situation I have to look at differently. According to the Bhagavad Gita, Karma is the … Read more

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Remembering Geeta Iyengar

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Yoga and Other Things

I’ll start with the other things. The weather has increasingly heated up but the nights have stayed fairly cool. Friday night several of us went to an outdoor Indian concert to hear some classical Indian music. The main attraction was … Read more

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Photos from Pune

Valentine Sweets Apartment View Parvati Temple, Pune Pune Sunset      

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A Weekend in Pune

A lot is going on here in Pune! Saturday after the afternoon practice, my apt. mates, Tessa and Sally, and I went on the roof of our building to watch the full moon rise. We were early enough to watch … Read more

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Class with Prashant Iyengar — 9 February, 2017

A distillation from Prashant Iyengar’s class — 9 February, 2017. RIMYI. Zoe Stewart & Bobby Clennell. The qualities and identities that we attribute to ourselves, such as “I am Indian/American/Chinese” or “I am a man, a woman, old, young, healthy, sick, … Read more

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Geeta Iyengar

Geeta Iyengar teaching in the main hall at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute(RIMYI) in Pune, India.  

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Big and Little Things

What seemed unbearable the first night, I now look forward to. Waking up and hearing the sounds of the roosters usually first, then the music starts. It is on a loud speaker and it sounds like chanting. Then there is … Read more

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